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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

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Lombard L, van der Merwe NA, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW. (2015) Generic concepts in Nectriaceae. Studies in Mycology 80:189-245. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.12.002 PDF
Slippers B, Vogel C, Fioramonti L. (2015) Global trends and opportunities for development of African research universities. South African Journal of Science 111 10.17159/sajs.2015/a0093 PDF
Herron DA, Wingfield MJ, Wingfield BD, Rodas CA, Marincowitz S, Steenkamp ET. (2015) Novel taxa in the Fusarium fujikuroi species complex from Pinus spp.. Studies in Mycology 80:131-150. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.12.001 PDF
Lombard L, Chen SF, Mou X, Zhou XD, Crous PW, Wingfield MJ. (2015) New species, hyper-diversity and potential importance of Calonectria spp. from Eucalyptus in South China. Studies in Mycology 80:151-188. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.11.003 PDF
Lee DH, Roux J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Variation in growth rates and aggressiveness of naturally occurring self-fertile and self-sterile isolates of the wilt pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12349

FABI Events

2015-02-02 12h00 Special Seminar FABI seminar room File

Dr Adam Kenchy - Approximate Bayesian Computation: a useful approach for inferring population history from genetic data

2015-02-04  Microscopy Course FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of the microscopes and new students will run for three 2-hour sessions on 4 February 2015. It is only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2015-02-04 10h00 Monthly FABI tea FABI Courtyard
2015-02-05 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: David Read
Darryl Herron - Hiding in plain site
Alain Misse - Genetic diversity and population structure of Ceratocystis tsitsikammensis in the Garden Route National Park of South Africa
Phathie Sibanda - Functional analysis of quorum sensing systems in Pantoea ananatis
Johan van der Linde - Cyrtogenius africus, its phoretic mites and novel ophiostomatoid partners: The final blow leading to Euphorbia ingens die-offs